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It's time for today's #BenInNature update!

It's time for today's #BenInNature update! There are more than 100 different species of goldenrods within the genus Solidago, and this is certainly one of them! It's often difficult to distinguish these plants down to species as many species look extremely similar, but if you see a plant similar to this one with sprays of yellow flowers blooming in late summer to early fall, there's a good chance you've spotted a goldenrod. Most goldenrods are native to North America and they're typically found in open areas such as fields and meadows. When there's plenty of moisture and the weather is warm and sunny, goldenrods produce a great deal of nectar, which makes it an important plant for supporting pollinators. They also provide ...

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